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Los Angeles Clippers’ Playoff Successes Will Hinge On Blake Griffin’s Talents


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Los Angeles Clipper fans are wondering how far Blake Griffin could take them through the playoffs.

Griffins obviously is not a one-man show. But with the season he’s had in his third NBA year, he should make the Clippers as dangerous as any other playoff squad.

Griffin has had a solid season with 18.2 points and 8.4 rebounds, plus 3.8 assists a game. He’s played steady all year and if he does more of the same in the playoffs, the Clippers have a chance to make the NBA West Finals.

What the Clippers like about Griffin is his reliability as a shooter. He’s at 54 percent in 76 games this season. That’s what especially has made him effective. His free-throw shooting is 66.5 percent and he needs to work on that so opposing teams don’t purposely send him to the line toward the end of a tight playoff game. Knowing there’s a good chance he’ll miss, teams will almost always foul Griffin when has the ball

Griffin was steady against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday with 9-of-13 shooting in 30 minutes of action for 19 points plus seven assists and eight rebounds. But his five turnovers were inexcusable. He had only a conbined three turnovers in his previous two games.

But Sunday’s win over the Los Angeles Lakers featured a 24-point, 12-rebound effort from Griffin, who had five assists and was 7-of-8 from the line. That’s the Griffin the Clippers need to see to enjoy a long postseason. Now’s the time to be playing your best basketball. That’s what Griffin is doing.